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Seize the Storm

2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Sailing from California to Hawaii, Susannah, her family, and a crewman are driven by a vicious storm into the path of a drifting powerboat. The ghostly boat carries the bodies of two drug runners and a huge stash of money. For the sailors, stealing the sordid treasure changes everything, causing dissent and division, compromising each of them, and putting their futures at ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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WCPL Teens
Nov 12, 2012 WCPL Teens rated it really liked it
The drone of an aircraft engine alerts Susannah, age 17, that the mysterious powerboat on the
horizon may spell trouble. She also spies an injured dog in the water which her cousin is able
to pull aboard their luxury yacht. Her family investigates the drifting boat and is shocked to find
dead bodies and a huge stash of cash. They whisk the money aboard, tie the floundering vessel
to theirs, and resume their voyage to the Hawaiian Islands. Panic sets in when the seaplane
returns, guns pulled, and land
May 21, 2012 Shannon rated it it was ok
Seize the Storm. By: Seglin, Shannon, School Library Journal, 03628930, Aug2012, Vol. 58, Issue 8.

CADNUM, Michael. Seize the Storm. 234p. CIP. Farrar. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-36705-3; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-429-95488-4. LC 2011020865.

Gr 8 Up--Seventeen-year-old Susannah, her family, and an 18-year-old crewman are sailing from California to Hawaii. The trip starts out smoothly until they are driven by a storm into the path of a drifting powerboat. The mysterious vessel is carrying two de
Jul 31, 2012 Jrobertus rated it liked it
This is a young adult thriller, a genre I am not very familiar with so my standard for comparison is wanting. The writing here is sharp and fast paced. There are a lot of teenagers for obvious reasons and their roles seem disproportionate to real life, but there you go. In the story a wealthy family, teen daughter and cousin and first mate are sailing to Hawaii from San Francisco. Meanwhile, a drug/arms dealer has sent his teen son on a flying mission with a middle aged pilot and a teenaged kill ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Dotty rated it really liked it
I'm glad this book ended as it did. I worried all through the book that it would turn more violent. It was psychologically intense with very few good guys. The author used two sets of characters on two different courses. It was obvious they would intersect but not apparent how or why until almost halfway through the book, but surprisingly the plot did not flag, and the character development blossomed. Perhaps it was getting to know that characters that kept me engaged. One of the more unusual re ...more
Ms. Patterson
Aug 05, 2012 Ms. Patterson rated it it was ok
Susannah, her cousin Martin, and her parents are sailing to Hawaii when they come across an abandoned (they think) boat. On it they discover two dead men and a bag full of money -- $800,000 worth of money. What happens when the associates of the dead men show up could possibly doom them all.

This book had so much potential, and then blew it. I love the format -- short chapters filled with tons of suspense, leading to thrilling action. I just didn't like the characters... none of them. I wanted to
Nov 27, 2012 Marco rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good at the beginning, but there was too much suspense and some characters made bad decisions too much.
That there was a family in a luxury boat going from San Francisco to Hawaii and a father makes his killer young son go to find a boat with drugs and money to bring them back on a plane. In the boat where the family was, a friend of Susannah’s family and her cousin was getting in love with Susannah, both of them try to get the attention of Susannah, while that happens there
Jun 25, 2016 Mrslabraden rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all. It reminded me of an Elmore Leonard book where there is no real protagonist. We know the thoughts and feelings of all the characters but none of them are very likable. In the story, Leonard and his family take one last adventure on their yacht, Athena's Secret, before the family their loses their entire fortune to poor investments. They run across a storm and then a boat called the Witch's Grass on which two men have been shot and killed. They find a bunch of mone ...more
Diane Ferbrache

A wealthy family with financial troubles is on a sailing trip from San Francisco to Hawaii and a group of mobsters are in a plane looking for a boat with missing colleagues and money. Difficult weather, floating garbage, and a dog bring these two parties together. Told in alternating chapters until they finally find each other, this story of suspense and greed keeps the reader frantically turning pages. None of these people is particularly likeable, but with the non-stop action, mystery and vio
Sep 02, 2012 Ardo rated it liked it
The story was going really well and the actual conflict between the family and the bad guys didn’t occur until 2/3 the way into the book. That didn’t really bother me all that much because it was a great read up until then. The issue I did have was the ending which fell flat and, quite honestly, it felt like a cop out. There was so much build up but then when it came time to deliver…you’d blink and the moment disappears. I was disappointed because I saw potential wasted on a story that could hav ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 15, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
I love Cadnum's work, especially his historical titles like Ship of Fire, Blood Gold, and Starfall. I also thought Flash was particularly good, but it's been a tough sell to middle school students. This might be the case for Seize the Storm as well; mature topics like marital infidelity and a lot of detail about characters slow this down, while the murderous drug runners also give me pause. This would be a great title for high school-- the cover is excellent. I'll just hope that Cadnum's next ti ...more
Everybody has that day when you just feel as if somebody is watching you. You feel as if someone is standing over your shoulder. Sometimes a hunch is more than just a hunch. Right when you think your situation in life can not get any worse, it does. Tommy Wilhelm is at his breaking point in life. This book is motivational. It is original. Word to word, cover to cover, it is most definitely a page turner. I highly recommend it if you are in need of a good read. I highly recommend setting aside a ...more
Billie jo smith
Jul 03, 2015 Billie jo smith rated it did not like it
Sorry to say that I don't like this book at all! It was terrible to be honest, I hate not finishing a book because you never know when they will surprise you but I literally had to force myself to finish it because it was a library book so couldn't just put it back on the shelf for another time. There was no real excitement for the build up for the beginning chapter or so, very disappointed and sadly won't end up reading anything else by the author because of it
Carolyn Masek
Nov 05, 2012 Carolyn Masek rated it liked it
Good story idea, fabulous ending. I wanted this to be the best book I ever read because the premise seemed exciting, like a good chase movie. Lots of potential here, but it failed to deliver in one important (to me, anyway) area...the characters were just too flat, no depth and I never really got a feel for who they were. Other than that one little flaw, a fun read.
Dec 20, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Wow, what a great read. I honestly could not put this down! REALLY good writing, character development AND plot. Book has short chapters and a really good pace. Can’t say anything bad about this
May 28, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
Pretty poor writing and an unsubstantial story with almost zero character development. Still, it was interesting enough. Not a survival story as the jacket claimed. More a story about unpleasant people who make very bad decisions.
Jose Hernandez
Mar 27, 2014 Jose Hernandez rated it it was ok
It's a very predictable book has to do with a family taking money that they don't know belongs to a drug lord and well he kind of wants it back. Personally i didn't see it as a captivating read but don't let that influence you not to read it. Everyone has there own opinion.
Jan 24, 2013 Masonr rated it liked it
I think this book is very intense, and full of action. This book reminds me of when I went on a boat trip, and but a ton more action. I would recommend this book, although it is kind of hard to follow.
Mar 07, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
This is a great book that will keep the reader asking "what would I do in this situation?" Very realistic considering the the black market drug trade, bad choices parents make to "better their children's lives" and encountering the greed in all of us. How much are you willing to risk?
May 18, 2013 Peter rated it it was ok
Just such a strange book
Amy S.
Jun 17, 2012 Amy S. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-challenge
I really liked this one. I liked being able to read each character's thoughts. I've always loved books that take place on the open sea. I'm an armchair adventurer.
Jul 16, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok
An interesting story of three crafts meeting at sea and the lure of a bag full of cash. It didn't seem realistic at all, but it was entertaining.
Mar 17, 2016 Katie rated it did not like it
Absolutely terrible. The book is not well written and doesn't follow the given summary at all. Ick. An utter waste of time.
Warren rated it really liked it
Nov 10, 2012
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Mar 26, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
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Aug 04, 2014
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Michael Cadnum has had a number of jobs over the course of his life, including pick-and-shoveler for the York Archaeological Trust, in York, England, and substitute teacher in Oakland, California, but his true calling is writing. He is the author of thirty-five books, including the National Book Award finalist The Book of the Lion. His Calling Home and Breaking the Fall were both nominated for the ...more
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